In a report Medley wrote about his recent trip to St. Louis and Ferguson, Medley wrote:
“We face a moral and social crisis related to black males. It is a crisis that many are blind to or ignore as long as it doesn’t spill over into their lives. It is a crisis that costs lives and devastates families. It is a crisis that deprives us of leaders, doctors, teachers, and workers. It is a crisis that is turning us into the largest penal colony in the world.
WE FACE A CRISIS, a crisis that mirrors Lincoln’s declaration of June 16, 1858, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.”
The deaths of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, like that of Emmett Till, are now symbols of this larger moral and political crisis. And regardless of the color of our skin, WE ALL have skin in this crisis.”
Read the full letter here.